Foreign Engagement

My first day of being engaged, I rediscovered my joie de vivre. Everything suddenly seemed incredibly novel. In that first hazy stage of wakefulness, which any other day I’d simply snooze through, I insisted we scramble up to the roof with our duvet and pillows to watch the sunrise.

Waiting for sunrise is agonizing; it always seems to be on the very verge of happening but keeps holding out. I whiled away the countdown snuggled up in blankets staring at the new sparkle on my ring finger.

Finally, the sun came up. We basked in it for all of ten minutes before ordering up room service. No better way to start our first day as a betrothed couple than champagne breakfast overlooking the Aegean!

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After our breakfast of creamy strained yogurt, grilled vegetable omelettes and the most sinfully delicious gooey Greek doughnuts, we were ready to head to the beach for our morning swim. I donned my new macramé suit, swiped a couple of towels, and trotted down the sandy trail to Agios Stefanos.

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After we were all cool and salty from our dip, we lunched on a festive Greek feast.

Traditionally inspired freshly fragrant selection of Greek dips with pita bread

Traditionally inspired freshly fragrant selection of Greek dips with pita bread

Airy fish roe puree, squashed eggplant salad, tzatziki, and velvety fava

Airy fish roe puree, squashed eggplant salad, tzatziki, and velvety fava

Greek salad with tomato, cucumber, sweet green peppers, red onion, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, caper berries and barley bread

Greek salad with tomato, cucumber, sweet green peppers, red onion, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, caper berries and barley bread

Green salad with octopus carpaccio, capers, marinated artichoke hearts,  and red wine lemon thyme vinaigrette

Green salad with octopus carpaccio, capers, marinated artichoke hearts, and red wine lemon thyme vinaigrette

Grilled calamari served with freshly diced tomato, capers, and basil salad

Grilled calamari served with freshly diced tomato, capers, and basil salad

We passed the afternoon hours playing Bananagrams and sipping Bloody Marys.

bloodys roofAnd we relished our last Mykonos sunset, before heading off for dinner. It was a whirlwind of a trip, but an unforgettable adventure – one we will recall often over years to come.

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